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Janet Jackson Extends ‘State of the World’ Tour With New U.S. Dates

She returned to touring last fall following the birth of her son Eissa.

And on Monday, Janet Jackson announced she’s adding 11 new U.S. dates to her State of the World Tour this summer.

The 51-year-old star also shared a series of photos to her Instagram to promote the news showing her looking incredible in a layered ensemble.

Janet wore her caramel locks up in a top knot that spawned a long ponytail in the photos taken by her go-to photographer Solaiman Fazel.

She was dressed in a shiny yellow Varsity jacket over a white tank top and light blue coveralls that she wore half undone with the top falling down at her waist.

She tucked the baggy trouser legs into dark blue peep-toe ankle boots with red kerchiefs knotted around the tops.

Janet’s ensemble is completed with a sea-green shirt knotted around her waist and a blue and white plaid scarf dangling from her waist as well.

The natural beauty rimmed her eyes with black kohl and mascara and wore her brows drawn in at an angle.

Dark blush highlighted her cheekbones and she added ruby red color to her lips.

Janet announced in April 2016 that she was pregnant with her first child and postponed her planned tour that year to focus on her family.

She and her Qatari businessman husband Wissam Al Mana welcomed their son Eissa on January 13, 2017.

Just a few months later, in April 2017, the couple announced they were separating and planned to divorce.

The Rhythm Nation hitmaker went back on the road last September for a three months series of concerts.

The latest leg of her State of the World Tour will kick off in Austin, Texas, on July 11 and will include stops in Arizona, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina and Florida, ending in Tampa on August 7.

General public tickets go on sale starting this Friday via Live Nation.

Concert Review: Janet Jackson at the Schottenstein Center

Icon impresses with stripped-down presentation of hits

What statement does a 51-year-old music superstar have left to make in the midst of a 35-year career marked by 11 albums, 10 number-one hits and a slew of iconic music videos? If you’re Janet Jackson, you can just show all facets of yourself — from the serious to the sensual — without the spectacle. And that’s what the singer did during a stop at the Schottenstein Center on Tuesday as part of her “State of the World Tour.”

Having renamed the tour following a hiatus to give birth to her son, Eissa, Jackson highlighted political content from her catalog, including “The Knowledge,” from Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814, and “State of the World,” from Unbreakable. The singer opened the show with those two songs, following a dramatic video montage focused on social issues and featuring a list of unarmed African-American men killed by police.

That encapsulated the most political section of Jackson’s show. Next, she dove into an impressive series of hits, from “Nasty” and “Miss You Much” to “All for You” and “Love Will Never Do (Without You).” Once known for showing off her famously toned physique in revealing attire, she kept covered up in black pants and a black, long-sleeved top.

Sultry but not over-the-top sexy, Jackson strutted across the stage, flashing her signature, dazzling smile and flipping her long ponytail. She was accompanied by a crew of dancers in all white, which she called her “tribe.” To engage in the “Janet Jackson experience” also means engaging with her dancers and choreographers, who have always been an integral part of the package; alumni from her tours and videos have almost as much name recognition as Jackson.

But while the “State of the World” dancers were certainly talented and appeared to be a close-knit group, some of the spark was missing compared with previous “tribes,” which overflowed with personality and technique. For her part, Jackson kept up with the dancers, falling in and out of the choreography as she pleased — her commitment to the signature moves from the “You Want This” video elicited a joyous response from the crowd — instead of dancing through entire songs.

But her understated approach did not take away from her captivating performance — a sign of a seasoned entertainer who knows the choreography in her sleep, but is not sleepwalking through the execution. Nor did she have to rely on auxiliary distractions. Gone were the elaborate costume changes (which she famously filmed during the HBO broadcast of her 2001-2002 “All for You” tour) and colorful props she’d often wheel out for songs like “Escapade.” And no lap dances were given to audience members.

For the second section of the show, Jackson returned to the stage to sing a handful of slow songs such as “Twenty Foreplay” and “The Body That Loves You” while sitting on a stool. It was a familiar staple of her tours, though noticeably absent was the towel she once needed to dab the sweat worked up from hard dancing. But, as with previous shows, it wasn’t the most enthralling section, and the subsequent performances of songs such as the J. Cole-assisted “No Sleep” and classic “Got ’til it’s Gone” — featuring some impressive, smooth dance moves — were a welcome change. “That’s the Way Love Goes,” remixed with Aaliyah’s “Rock the Boat,” was a standout moment.

Jackson wrapped up with a fiery trio of songs — the unexpected “What About,” a moving commentary on domestic violence, followed by “If” and “Rhythm Nation,” bringing her political message full circle. The encore, including three songs from Unbreakable, was a bit underwhelming, if only because the material was unfamiliar. But it was fitting that she closed with “Well Traveled.”

“I’ve come a long way,” sang Jackson, a confident artist who doesn’t have to put on an extravagant stage production or dance like she’s 21 to cement her status as a legend. “Got a long way to go, ’cause I’m so well-traveled/Wherever life takes me I’m willing to go.”

My road to Janet Jackson – Part One

I was around 9 or 10 years old (I am 40 years old now) When I fist heard Janet Jackson. Every since then I have been a faithful fan of her and her music. I have had the pleasure of seeing her twice so when she announced her unbreakable tour I was excited.

But excitement went away when I realized I had no extra money for luxury. So I prayed and I prayed for a way to go. The January show was then postponed. So YES I had a chance. I can save!! The new dates were announced for July 22, 2016. And I knew then I would have enough saved up to get tickets and a miracle.

We came across some money and my husband knew how much I wanted to go so he went to ticket master and purchased four tickets. The excitement was back and I was ready!! Being on a family budget we got tickets on sale. It was ok, we were going, that is all I cared about.

After having the tickets it was then announced she would postpone that show due to pregnancy which is fine, I understood and we kept our tickets locked safe away. Janet is so worth the wait, I’d wait a lifetime if that means I get to see her again.

And in 2017 the new dates were announced and Indianapolis was on the list. November 26!! So it was time, time to see my favorite singer of all time. The woman who music kept me from crying, being depressed, hating life, and hating myself. Her music brought me joy, happiness, and fun. The pleasure of seeing her was amazing. I was so ready. The time is coming I kept saying. November 26, 2017!!